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Sunday, November 20, 2011


(Felt angels with headscarves)

Christmas Decorations Exhibition at the African Art Centre.

At the end of each year, the African Art Centre mounts an exhibition of original, handmade Christmas ornaments and gifts at affordable prices.

Ukhisimuzi Wethu features a wide range of carefully-created traditional and contemporary craft including beaded, embroidered and felt Christmas tree ornaments, colourfully beaded tableware, beaded Christmas gifts including jewellery, ceramics, candles and telephone wire products.

The African Art Centre was established more than 50 years ago as a centre which promotes and develops the work of both artists and crafters from KwaZulu-Natal. Since its inception, the Centre has been instrumental in implementing sustainable development projects and programmes which impart new skills and extend on the skills that already exist within the craft communities of both urban and rural KZN.

The African Art Centre works with both emerging and established crafters. By means of workshops and training, crafters from KZN regularly receive input and advice on how to market their products, product improvement and development. New artists and crafters are welcomed to the programmes and their skills nurtured and monitored through the centre’s Development Programmes.

The products on the African Christmas exhibition culminated as a result of skills training workshops facilitated by the Development Team at the African Art Centre and focused on promoting, supporting and stimulating craft producers, enhancing existing products and on developing new, innovative products.

The African Art Centre offers corporate gifts and wholesale prices for large orders, and if required it can produce items according to a client’s colour specifications. Every purchase made from the African Art Centre provides income and employment for more than 600 crafters currently supported by the Centre.

Ukhisimuzi Wethu runs at the African Art Centre in 94 Florida Road, Morningside. For additional information contact the Director, Sharon Crampton or the Development Officer, Nozipho Zulu on 031 312 3804/5.